Archive for November, 2013

Scary man charged with murder in S.C.

Rickey W. James was charged with murder after children found a body in the woods near Lancaster, S.C. (Image from wistv.com)

Rickey W. James was charged with murder after children found a body in the woods near Lancaster, S.C. (Image from wistv.com)

Note: George is on vacation this week but wants you to have something to read while he’s away.

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Conspiracy theories thrive 50 years after JFK assassination

	Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy (C), first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (R) and Texas Governor John Connally (L) and his wife are pictured riding in the presidential motorcade moments before Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, in this handout image taken on November 22, 1963. (Reuters)

Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy (C), first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (R) and Texas Governor John Connally (L) and his wife are pictured riding in the presidential motorcade moments before Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, in this handout image taken on November 22, 1963. (Reuters)

I have a theory that says there’s so many conspiracy theories because government-mandated water fluoridation has lowered our IQs to the point we care more about televised sports than facts.

Just kidding. No one really thinks that.

But the number of people who believe in conspiracy theories is growing faster than genetically modified crops.

Sixty-two percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone when he shot and killed President John F. Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago today. In 1964, only 31 percent thought Oswald was part of a larger conspiracy to kill the president.

So, who helped Oswald? Experts say there are more than 100 conspiracy theories, but let’s look at a few of the …

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Woman, 25, says she’s marrying Charles Manson

Charles Manson with Star in a picture posted by MansonDirect.com, a site maintained by Star and other supporters of the convicted killer.

Charles Manson with Star in a picture posted by MansonDirect.com, a site maintained by Star and other supporters of the convicted killer.

Deranged madman Charles Manson is getting married, if you believe a 25-year-old supporter of the imprisoned killer.

“I’ll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married,” a woman Manson has named ‘Star’ says in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone.

“When that will be, we don’t know. But I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband. Charlie told me to tell you this.”

Manson, as most of you know, was convicted in Los Angeles in 1971 for conspiracy to commit multiple murders, including that of actress Sharon Tate.

Manson, now 79, has a history of dodging death, but he’s been married twice.

He and three members of the “Manson Family” were given the death penalty, but the sentences were reduced to life without parole after the California Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment in 1972. California reinstated the death penalty …

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Man who shot Larry Flynt in Ga. is executed

March 9, 1978 - Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is carried into Emory Hospital by EMTs. (AJC file photo)

March 9, 1978 – Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is carried into Emory Hospital by EMTs. Click image for more pictures. (AJC file photo)

On March 6, 1978, a racist gunman in Lawrenceville shot Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Gwinnett lawyer Gene Reeves.

Flynt, now 71, remains paralyzed from the attack. Reeves survived and is a retired Gwinnett magistrate judge. [File photos of shooting scene]

The gunman, Alabama native Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was executed Wednesday morning in Missouri.

Flynt had asked the court to spare the life of Franklin, 63, who was executed for a 1977 murder outside a synagogue near St. Louis.

“My opinion on the death penalty hasn’t changed for decades,” Flynt said on NPR. “I just don’t think that government should be in the business of killing people. And I think punishment by putting someone in a 3-by-6 cell is a lot greater than if you snuff out …

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Study: Georgia Tech engineering millionaires

Millionaire Calvin Johnson (No. 81) left Georgia Tech (No. 80 at creating millionaires) before graduating. Other millionaires with ties to Georgia Tech include Jimmy Carter and George P. Burdell.

Millionaire Calvin Johnson (No. 81) left Georgia Tech (No. 80 at creating millionaires) before graduating. Other millionaires with ties to Georgia Tech include Jimmy Carter (U.S.A.), Joe Rogers Sr. (Waffle House), James D. Robinson III (Coca-Cola) and George P. Burdell (Pretty Much Everything).

Have you heard the Buzz?

Georgia Tech is one of world’s Top 100 universities at producing millionaires.

If you are a parent of a high school student eligible for the HOPE Scholarship that cares nothing about football or the availability of ‘hotties,’ the choice is clear.

Tech is ranked No. 80 on the list; Harvard is No. 1.

Other Southern universities on the list include Duke (30), University of Florida (49) and Vanderbilt (76).

Unfortunately for graduates of other Georgia universities, a “Top 10,000″ list was not provided.

The research is also helpful at helping parents pick their kid’s major.

After studying the background of 70,000 millionaires in more than 200 countries, researchers …

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At least three dead in ‘Knockout’ fad

The 15-year-old who knocked out a Pittsburgh teacher was charged with simple assault. (Image from KDKA.com video)

The 15-year-old who knocked out a Pittsburgh teacher was charged with simple assault. (Image from KDKA.com video)

It’s an ancient, troubling question: Do children emulate the behavior they see portrayed in video games or do video games simply emulate life?

Plenty of kids have joined the military after playing games developed by the military.

And how many have injured themselves while leaping for mushrooms or getting wedged in a giant green pipe while trying to rescue a kidnapped lover?

Now, word comes word that kids are running around and punching innocent pedestrians for no reason, a behavior many who have played Grand Theft Auto 5 have witnessed as they punch the buttons of their controller.

CBS News reports three people have been killed in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey in the  ”terrifying new game” that may be “sweeping the nation.”

In New Jersey, three teens have been arrested in New Jersey for punching and killing a homeless man. A man interviewed there says teens …

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Hidden video exposes Obamacare navigators

Project Veritas is based on Texas, clearly. (Image taken from YouTube video)

Project Veritas is based in Texas. (Image from YouTube video)

Project Veritas has Paul Bunyan’s ax to grind, but they do release some interesting videos.

A recently released hidden camera video is highly edited, but appears to show an Obamacare “navigator” in Texas telling a man to lie about smoking so he can get cheaper premiums.

Navigators are workers hired with federal grant money to assist the public in signing up for healthcare required by the Affordable Care Act.

One employee has been fired and three suspended after that video went public, reports a Dallas TV station.

A second video by Project Veritas features cheesy cowboys, but appears to show multiple navigators telling people to not report some income on their taxes so they are eligible for lower insurance premiums.

“Try to get the number as low as you can so you can qualify for more aid,” says one navigator on hidden video.

Another navigator expresses frustration that he has been unable to successfully log onto

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Report: Thousands imprisoned for life for non-violent crimes

Larry Donald Duke is serving two life sentences for trying to purchase two tons of marijuana. (ACLU photo)

Larry Donald Duke (left) is serving two life sentences for trying to purchase two tons of marijuana. (ACLU photo)

In 1989, Larry Ronald Duke tried to buy 4,800 pounds of marijuana in the Atlanta area.

Duke, who may have had a bong the size of a corn silo, bought the weed from a government informant.

He was convicted on two lengthy charges — conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and attempted possession with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

Even longer than the names of his crimes was his punishment — two life sentences.

Earlier in life, Duke was a decorated Marine who served two tours in Vietnam. He returned from the war and became a carpenter, inventor, and, according to court documents, a weed distributor with a farm in Bartow County.

Duke, now 66, has served 24 years in prison for a non-violent crime. He is currently housed in the Jesup Federal Correctional Institution in …

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Innocent man free after 10 years in prison for murder

Ryan Ferguson arrives Tuesday night, Nov. 12, 2013, at the Tiger Hotel, in Columbia, Mo., to speak to supporters after being freed from prison earlier in the evening. Ferguson was released one week after a state appeals court overturned his murder and robbery convictions in the 2001 slaying of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. His release followed a decision Tuesday by the Missouri attorney general not to re-try Ferguson. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

Ryan Ferguson arrives Tuesday night, Nov. 12, 2013, at the Tiger Hotel, in Columbia, Mo., to speak to supporters after being freed from prison earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

Justice is not blind, or perfect, but sometimes it is perfectly blind.

Ryan Ferguson, 29, was released from a Missouri prison Tuesday night after spending nearly a decade in prison for a murder he knew nothing about.

How did that happen?

Prosecutors and police had a vision of justice and found a suspect having psychotic visions of a brutal, unsolved murder. Mix those ingredients with a fallible jury and Lady Justice’s blindfold falls rather easily to the courtroom floor.

Last week, an appeals court overturned Ferguson’s conviction, saying the prosecutor’s office withheld evidence from his attorneys and that he didn’t get a fair trial. The state of Missouri will not retry the case.

Ferguson was convicted in 2005 for the 2001 beating death of Columbia Tribune sports columnist Kent …

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Dog drags home human leg, man buries it

The dog on the porch thinks Liberty is a show-off and has a stupid new collar. (Image taken from KIRO-TV video)

The dog on the porch thinks Liberty is a show-off and has a stupid new collar. (Image taken from KIRO-TV video)

If a dead bird means your cat loves you, what does it mean when the family dog drags home a human leg?

This life mystery was surely pondered by Washington homeowner Bill Flowers after his loveable Pit Bull mix ‘Liberty’ dropped off a partially-decomposed human body part under a trampoline.

Flowers, 93, did what a lot of single men would have done — he tossed it on a wood pile “so the dogs couldn’t get it” and tried to forget about it, according to a report on KIROTV.com.

After a couple of days he grabbed a shovel and buried it in his Olympia-area backyard, hopefully in an area Liberty couldn’t get to.

His plan was going without a hitch until his daughter, Cheryll, found out her retired father had become a hobbyist gravedigger and she called police.

Bill Flowers said he didn’t call authorities because “I was afraid they’d blame me for it.”

Thurston County deputies …

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